The Cowboys Classic made its debut in 2009, marking the first college football game played in AT&T Stadium. The game, scheduled through 2017, traditionally kicks off ABC’s Saturday Night Football schedule.
A look at the past, present and future of the Classic:
Sept. 5, 2009: No. 20 BYU 14, No. 3 Oklahoma 13. The Cougars upset the 23-point-favorite Sooners and wrecked Sam Bradford’s follow-up Heisman Trophy campaign, with the quarterback suffering a shoulder injury that eventually led to season-ending surgery.
Sept. 4, 2010: No. 6 TCU 30, No. 24 Oregon State 21. The Andy Dalton-led Horned Frogs broke a 21-21 tie, scoring the final nine points. Dalton ran for two scores and threw for another, becoming TCU’s all-time winningest quarterback.
Sept. 3, 2011: No. 4 LSU 40, No. 3 Oregon 27. The Tigers rolled to a 30-13 lead through three quarters on their way to a decisive win. The Ducks were favored by four and led 13-9 at one point, before the Tigers scored 24 unanswered points.
Sept. 1, 2012: No. 2 Alabama 41, No. 8 Michigan 14. Before a record Classic crowd of 90,143, the Crimson Tide routed Michigan, jumping out to a 31-0 lead.
Aug. 31, 2013: No. 12 LSU 37, No. 20 TCU 27: The Tigers never trailed in becoming the only multiple-win team in Classic history. Zach Mettenberger passed for 251 yards and a score and LSU totaled 448 yards of offense.
Aug. 30, 2014: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State. The toughest opener in Cowboys history, with FSU entering off an unbeaten run to the 2013 national championship – and returning strong in search of a repeat.
Sept. 5, 2015: Alabama vs. Wisconsin. The SEC vs. the Big Ten. Doesn’t set up well for the Badgers.
Sept. 3, 2016: Alabama vs. USC. Back-to-back ’Bama. A clash of two storied programs, the Trojans hope to be fully functional in Steve Sarkisian’s third season in SoCal.
Sept. 2, 2017: Michigan vs. Florida. Two teams who currently have coaches on the hot seat. Will either Brady Hoke or Will Muschamp be on the AT&T sidelines?
By John Helsley